Strikers: Who Is The Best In The Premier League?

Salaar Shamsi@SalaarizationSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2008

As we edge closer and closer to the beginning of a new season in the Barclays Premier League, I decided to pop a new piece here, comparing the best of the best in all parts of the pitch, I'll kick off though, with strikers.

In the next three editions, we will turn our attention to midfielders, defenders and finally to the goalkeepers.

I'm picking some contenders, then the readers will hopefully pick the best out of them and in the process we will create a healthy debate, so here goes..


Fernando Torres (Liverpool-Spain)

Everything about Torres makes him the "complete" striker, he's good in the air which makes him an asset in the box, he's got amazing pace, a brilliant first touch, tremendous control and the ability to shoot from anywhere.

Torres was acquired for around £20 million by Liverpool and he was surely worth it.

Torres scored 24 goals in his first season at Anfield, he managed to hit the back of the net 82 times in 214 appearances for Athletico Madrid and did the same some 17 times in 54 outings for Spain.

Is he the best?


Wayne Rooney (Manchester United-England)

Bulky in stature, aggressive in nature, Wayne Rooney is a natural match winner. A fiery contender who never shies away from an opportunity to get into the opponent's face, Rooney is a defender's nightmare.

Newcastle United's goalkeeper Shay Given, once described him as a "monster."

"Wazza" has a knack of scoring great goals like his volley against Newcastle and the Red Devils paid £23m to Everton for his services.

Apart from 15 goals in 67 appearances for the Toffees, he has scored 53 times in 127 appearances at Old Trafford.

Turning out 43 times for England he has managed to hit the back of the net 14 times.

Is he the best?


Didier Drogba (Chelsea-Ivory Coast)

How dare I? Yes, Drogba's got a bit of an attitude problem but what he is, is a natural goal scorer.

He uses his height to good advantage muscling out defenders, week in, week out. A nightmare in the box, Drogba has the ability to turn creator and has often been termed "Saviour" for the Blues.

He won Chelsea the FA Cup against Manchester United, two season ago.

12 goals in 63 appearances for Le Mans, 20 in 45 for Guinamp, 18 in 35 for Marsielle and finally scoring 50 goals in 110 appearances for Chelsea besides his 34 goals in 52 appearances for his national side, his record speaks for him.

Is he the best?


Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur-Bulgaria)

Spurs have been fighting for their lives in hoping to keep Berbatov at White Hart Lane. Enough said?

Berbatov is an absolutely brilliant "team" player. He has enjoyed tremendous success in the Premier League.

He has the height, silky skills, control that dazzles and the ability to score goals regularly is their any team who wouldn't want him?

He scored 90 goals in 194 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen and has 46 in 101 for the North Londoners now.

Is he the best?

Carlos Tevez (Manchester United-Argentina)

He single-handedly saved West Ham from the fate of relegation last season, he was at the centre of a gruelling transfer controversy and as Manchester United would tell you, he is clearly worth it.

Tevez just signed a permanent deal at Old Trafford worth around £33m, he's got real pace and he's a fighter, he keeps trying from the first whistle till the last.

He has scored 14 goals in his first season at United and has turned creator numerous times as well.

Is he the best?


Five contenders on the plate for you there!, have I missed out on anybody? Owen? Martins? Adebayor? Keane?

Who do you think is the best striker in the Premier League and he doesn't have to be from these five?


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